"I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective."
John Brennan admits that interrogators at his agency did abhorrent things and were never held accountable.
The former vice president's defense of brutal CIA interrogations is falling apart under scrutiny.
Four Atlantic staffers dissect the penultimate episode, "Rumors."
The brutal interrogation program was far less defensible than its moderate critics seem to realize.
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden, a proponent of drone strikes and indefinite detention, complains that he and his colleagues were "never given the chance to mount a defense" of torture.
When a discrete case arises, some people should support the accuser, others the accused, and most people need not reach any conclusion until the facts emerge, if ever.
A damning admission from a former head of the CIA and NSA
In poorer neighborhoods, overly aggressive officers are too often a source of community anxiety. Their misbehavior contributes to disorder.
Glenn Loury and John McWhorter ponder policing in the aftermath of Mike Brown's death and the failure to indict his killer.
Four Atlantic staffers discuss the podcast's newest installment, which appraises the cracks in the 1999 defense of Adnan Syed.
Adventures in the human imagination
The context for another officer-involved homicide
A defense of the podcast, its producer, and the This American Life approach to narrative journalism
Officers fired for misconduct often appeal the decision and get reinstated by obscure judges in secretive proceedings.
There are clearer, more persuasive illustrations of law-enforcement misbehavior and the need to rein it in.
Would serial offenders have a harder time if more men and women felt personally responsible for stopping them?
Officer Darren Wilson was spared criminal charges in part because of significant contradictions in the testimony of bystanders who saw the Ferguson, Missouri, teen get shot and killed.
The perils of shipping arms to Iraq and Syria
The policy will improve life for millions. The way he is enacting it may contribute to great harms.